Schmidt & Schmidt offers the legalization of documents from the Czech Republic by apostille.
The Czech Republic acceeded to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in 1999. Therefore, no diplomatic authentication or consular legalization of documents from the Czech Republic is required for the legal communication with other member states of the Convention. The documents only need to be attested by an apostille certificate with an "apostille" stamp on it by the issuing state's authorities in order to be valid in the state of destination.
Responsible for issuing the apostille are the following institutions:
- Ministry of Justice for judicial documents
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs for all other documents
A document issued in any language other than Czech, needs to be translated into Czech by a court interpreter. Copies of documents certified by a Czech notary public, or contracts and commercial documents, invoices certified by the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry can be apostillized.
The apostillization of documents in the Czech Republic includes the authentication of the origin of the document and that the authority of the officials who have affixed the signature, seal or stamp on the document. After such verification a special stamp - the apostille - is affixed to the public document. Usually the apostille is placed on the back of the underlying public document.
The apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. It should be filled in in the official language of the issuing authority. The heading "Apostille (Convention de la Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" written in French is a necessary requirement for the apostille's validity.
The following documents can be authenticated by apostille:
- Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
- Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
- Extracts from the commercial register
- Court decisions
- Notarially certified copies of documents
- Notarially certified translations
- Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
- Commercial documents legalized by a state registration body (articles of incorporation, registration certificates, tax registrations etc.)
Requirements for the documents:
The apostille can be exclusively issued for the original document. Therefore, the latter must be presented in good condition, with all stamps and signatures clear and readable. Furthermore, it must not contain alien markings or labels.
In addition to the apostillization of your public documents, we can provide you with high-quality translations.
Should you require company information for the court, it needs to be legalized as well. We are therefore offering extracts from the commercial register of the Czech Republic including apostillization and translation.
On average, it takes 14 days to process the documents.
Courier services are charged and invoiced separately according to the courier service’s rates.
You can pay for our services by PayPal, bank transfer or credit card.
|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
|Price for an apostille for a document from the Czech Republic without international shipping||from 119,00 €||from 100,00 €|